Ron Brierley

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Ron Brierley
Born (1937-08-02) August 2, 1937 (age 77)
Wellington, New Zealand
Occupation Chairman and Director of several companies
Known for Investing
Corporate Raiding

Sir Ronald Alfred "Ron" Brierley (born 2 August 1937) is a New Zealand investor and corporate raider, chairman and director of a number of companies in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.[1]

He founded "R. A. Brierley Investments" (BIL; from October 2007 GuocoLeisure [2]) in March 1961 with no capital. By 1984 BIL was the largest company in New Zealand by market capitalization, and in 1987 had 160,000 shareholders, with a stake in over 300 companies, including Paris department store Galleries Lafayette and Air New Zealand.[3][4]

Personal life[edit]

Brierley was born in Wellington during 1937 to middle class parents. He went to primary school at Island Bay School,[5] and Wellington College.[6]

At Wellington College he joined the New Stamp Dealers Federation, and began his first business venture selling stamps to students and staff.[7] He is still one of the largest buyers and sellers of stamps in the world, and he is recognised by the name "Lionheart".[8]

Brierley is a fan of cricket, being a Trustee of the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust 1988-96, and President of New Zealand Cricket in 1995.[4] He also likes travelling by train.[9] He was made a Knight Bachelor in the 1988 New Year Honours, for services to business management and the community.[10] He has never married.[11]

Business career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Ron Brierley began his career as the publisher of horse racing tip sheet. He followed this with an investment analysis newsletter "Stocks and Shares". This sought to identify undervalued special situations and suggest what could be done with the companies.

Post BIL[edit]

On 29 March 1990 Brierley was appointed chairman of investment holding company Guinness Peat Group (GPG). As chairman Brierley publicly attacked and defeated the plan to merge the London Stock Exchange with Deutsche Börse in 2001.[12]

Quotes[edit]

  • "Ron is direct - he likes to call a spade, a spade." Blake Nixon, GPG's managing director
  • "Ron and Gary Weiss don't often come second when they fight, and when they do, they usually walk away with a lot of money." - Investment banker[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Insider Profiles - Ronald Brierley". Yahoo! Finance Australia & NZ. Retrieved 2007-11-21. 
  2. ^ "GuocoLeisure Limited - Company Profile Snapshot". Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  3. ^ Dann, Liam (October 31, 2007). "Name change severs link with Sir Ron". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2007-11-21. 
  4. ^ a b "Brierley Chief Plans to Retire". New York Times. August 28, 1989. Retrieved 2007-11-21. 
  5. ^ "History". Island Bay School. Retrieved 2007-11-21. 
  6. ^ Beyer, Georgina; Casey, Cathy (1999). Change for the better: the story of Georgina Beyer. Auckland: Random House. p. 18. ISBN 1-86941-371-7. 
  7. ^ "Examination of NZ Entreprepreneurs". McLean and Co. Retrieved 2007-11-21. 
  8. ^ Mark Russell, 'Lionheart' caught up in fight for stamps', The Age, 23 June 2014, p. 13
  9. ^ Watts, Robert (2006-07-16). "Small beer for Brierley?". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2007-11-21. 
  10. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 51173, 30 December 1987. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  11. ^ Throng.co.nz - "The Boy From Island Bay"
  12. ^ English, Simon (2001-03-21). "Exchange merger 'bad for investors'". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2007-11-21. 
  13. ^ Hewett, Jennifer (November 9, 2002). "Wellington's boot boys are back". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2007-11-21. 

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